Sep 14 2011

Progressive Tax Blog, R.I.P

Posted by: Nick Shaxson in: Thoughts

Update: see comments below. One reader has very kindly collected a series of Progressive Tax Blogs from the cache, and sent them to me. I will publish these soon, once I know whether or not he wants to be named and thanked.

A while ago I noticed a welcome new addition to the UK tax bloggers, known as the Progressive Tax Blog. Its url was here. It seems to have disappeared. I’ve also noticed its disappearance from Twitter. I never found out who the author was – I emailed him or her via the website, hoping to establish communications, but despite getting a polite reply, I never found out any details about the author. The blogger was clearly a high-level tax expert. Sources close to UK’s HMRC said it was probably someone from the private sector.

The Progressive Tax Blog was an incredibly rich and useful source of analysis on global tax, particularly corporate taxation. I had been meaning to cut and paste their output into a document to save, given that the blog seemed to have done dormant, but only got around to it today, and found I was too late. At least I think so – I don’t think this is just a temporary internet glitch.

I don’t suppose anyone out there has saved copies of the articles? They were a valuable resource.

12 comments so far

am 9th September, 2011 3.14 pm

If you do a search for the blog in google, on the right hand side of the second line of each entry is a Cached link which will take you to google’s copy of the blog post.

You can also search for each month of blog posts using the format:
http://www.progtaxblog.org.uk/2011/03/ etc

Bill Kruse 9th September, 2011 3.48 pm

Nope, and it isn’t in the Wayback Machine either. You can’t do a whois also, perhaps not surprisingly. But I looked 🙂

BB

joa 9th September, 2011 7.49 pm

Google still has a cache of most of the pages. Try it: http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.progtaxblog.org.uk

To save all the pages,
1. install this Firefox add-on
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/mozilla-archive-format/
2. do the google search above
3. open each “cache” link in a new tab.
4. close all tabs on other sites.
5. use the add-on to save all the open tabs into one .maff file that can later be loaded into Firefox (even offline) to read all the saved pages.

note: opening too many google cache pages too quickly may cause google to give an error message. Then go slower.

Luse 9th September, 2011 8.17 pm

hmmm, put the url into google,
on the results page, navigate through the results and click on the cached option, you might find what you require that way

Nick Shaxson 9th September, 2011 8.00 am

thanks, you can see how technically backward I am! I am slowly getting there . . .

Andrew Stevenson 9th September, 2011 12.09 am

Your best bet may be to search the caches of the various search engines: this can be done – albeit laboriously – by clicking on the ‘cache’ link provided in the list of search results by Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. Unfortunately it looks like this only recovers text, not images. There are tools that aim to automate this process to some degree, e.g.:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/resurrect-pages/
or
http://warrick.cs.odu.edu/

Another option might be to mine the caches of the browser and/or RSS reader on your own computer, but quite how I’m not sure – sorry.

P.S. Enjoyed your talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival, good stuff.

Nick Shaxson 9th September, 2011 7.59 am

Thanks very much – a reader has kindly put together a list of progressive tax blogs from the cache and sent it to me – I hope to publish it once I know whether I can attribute this work to him. I have no way to contact the original author to ask permission (and I’ll take it down again if he does so) but I think there shouldn’t be copyright issues.

PG 9th September, 2011 7.38 am

You could try the Wayback machine?

[…] yesterday’s lament about the untimely death of the Progressive Tax Blog, I now have most of its blogs available. […]

Chris Jordan 9th September, 2011 11.58 am

I have them all as emails via an RSS feed. It strips out the diagrams – but let me know if you want me to forward them on.

Nick Shaxson 9th September, 2011 5.16 pm

Thanks Chris – see the latest, I’ve got most of them.

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